– COURT AWAITS REPRESENTATIONS TO BE MADE TO THE NPA
– Lawyer argues for case to be dropped after ConCourt finds her arrest unconstitutional.
Norma Mngoma’s lawyer has argued that the assault and malicious damage to property case against her be set aside. The Pretoria Magistrate’s Court yesterday postponed to 26 March for representations to be made to the National Director of Public Prosecutions and her bail was extended.
Advocate Dali Mpofu, representing Mngoma, argued that due to the high court ruling on Thursday that her arrest was motivated by an abuse of power, the case should be dropped.
He said it would be understandable for the state to require some time to study the judgment.
“The judgment speaks for itself and it would not be a difficult decision to withdraw or terminate the charges,” he told the court.
Mngoma won her high court battle after challenging her arrest by the Hawks in July 2020. Judge Cassim Sardiwalla ruled that the arrest was unlawful.
She was arrested after allegedly caused extensive damage to estranged husband ex-minister Malusi Gigaba’s Mercedes-Benz.